Dr. Shondel Nero
The School of Education
Sullivan Hall, Room 409
M-W: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Shondel Nero, Associate Professor in the Masters Program in
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), joined the
faculty in September 1998. She is currently Assistant Chair in the
Department of Human Services and Counseling in The School of
Her teaching and research interests are: English as a Second
Language (ESL), Standard English as a Second Dialect (SESD),
linguistics, sociolinguistics, language and identity, and Caribbean
Dr. Nero began her teaching career as a high school ESL and
French teacher in a New York City public school (1990-1991). She
later became Assistant Professor of English at Long Island
University’s Brooklyn Campus, where she taught composition to
nonnative speakers of English, as well as undergraduate and
graduate courses in linguistics and sociolinguistics
At St. John’s, she serves on several departmental, school-level,
and university wide committees, including the Multicultural
Advisory Committee, the Committee on Latin American and Caribbean
Studies (CLACS), and the Interdepartmental Linguistics
Dr. Nero has been an active member of the TESOL Association
since 1988, and has presented numerous papers at the association’s
annual convention. She serves on the editorial board of TESOL
Quarterly, the flagship journal of the association. She is
past chair of the International Black Professionals and Friends in
TESOL (IBPFT) Caucus within the association.
1997: Ed.D., Applied Linguistics. Columbia University, Teachers
College, New York, NY.
1994: Ed.M., Applied Linguistics. Columbia University, Teachers
1990: M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
(TESOL). Columbia University, Teachers College.
1984: B.A. (distinction) French and Spanish. Concordia
University, Montréal, Canada.
Nero, S. (Ed.). (2006). Dialects, Englishes, Creoles, and
Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Nero, S. (2001). Englishes in contact: Anglophone Caribbean
students in an urban college. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton
Refereed journal articles
Nero, S. (2006). Language, identity, and education of
Caribbean English speakers. World Englishes 25 (3/4),
Nero, S. (2005b). Englishes in contact: Dialects, power, and the
burden of being understood. TESOL in Context 15 (1), 3 –
Nero, S. (2005a). Language, identities, and ESL pedagogy.
Language and Education 19, (3), 194 - 211.
Nero, S. (2002). Englishes, attitudes, education. English
Today 18 (1), 53 – 56.
Nero, S. (2000). The changing faces of English: A Caribbean
perspective. TESOL Quarterly 34 (3), 483 - 510.
Nero, S. (1997b). ESL or ESD? Teaching English to Caribbean
English speakers. TESOL Journal 7 (2), 6 - 10.
Nero, S. (1997a). English is my native language....or so I
believe. TESOL Quarterly 31 (3), 585 - 593.
Chapters in edited books
Nero, S. (2006). An exceptional voice: Working as a TESOL
professional of color. In A. Curtis & M. Romney (Eds.),
Color, race, and English language teaching: Shades of
meaning (pp 23-36.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
Nero, S. (2002). Coping in school: Language and academic
performance of Indo-Caribbean students in New York City. In A.
Camacho-Gingerich (Ed.), Coping in America: The case of
Caribbean East Indians (pp. 141-148). New York: GEICA.
Section in a book
Nero, S. (1998). Some notes on Caribbean English. In L.
Parascandola (Ed.), Winds can wake up the dead: An Eric Walrond
reader (pp. 44 - 48). Detroit, MI: Wayne State UP.
EDU 9002: Psychology and Sociology of Language and
EDU 9004/9009: Content Area Instruction for
Linguistically/Culturally Diverse Learners
EDU 9005: TESOL Theory and Practice
EDU 9010/9710: Linguistics for Teachers of English and Exceptional
EDU 9012: Methods of Language and Academic Assessment for ELL and
EDU 9013: Research in Language, Culture, and Communication
EDU 9014: Practicum and Seminar in TESOL
EDU 9015: Structure of the English Language
EDU 9017: Methods of Literacy Development for Dialect and Other
EDU 7900: Qualitative Research Methods